Connecticut River Museum

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67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 67 Main Street, Essex Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open All Hours
+18607678269
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Report | 10 days ago
We went to Connecticut river museum yesterday. It is a great place to take kids. We enjoyed the train exhibit immensely. There was a lot of information about the Connecticut River and the British attacking American forces along the river.
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Report | 16 days ago
The Connecticut River Museum is situated directly on the Connecticut River in Essex. Plan to enjoy lunch or dinner at the historic Griswold Inn and meander through the charming shops in town. A beautiful setting!
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Report | a month ago
Beautiful water views!
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Report | a month ago
Our group enjoyed learning about the Turtle, the raid on Essex during War of 1812, and the Holiday Train exhibit. Terrific outing and the museum has an excellent gift shop. Love that I was able to get a beautiful hand-crafted mug made in the U.S.A.
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Went specifically for the train exhibit which was great but also enjoyed the rest of the museum. A hidden gem on the Connecticut River
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Report | a month ago
It is a small but very well put together museum. Enjoyable time
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We went in the off season I'm sure it is hard to find parking in the summertime . The museum does have a parking lot which is small.
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Report | a month ago
Great museum for adults as well as kids. We brought our 8 and 6 year old grandchildren and they loved it. The train display is wonderful and the scavenger hunt kept the kids engaged and interested.
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Report | a month ago
See the toy train show! It is awesome and The gentleman that built it is there to answer any questions and share his awesome history!
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We went for the holiday train display, which was worth the trip alone, but the rest of the museum was fantastic as well. We will definitely visit again.
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The Connecticut River spans 410 miles from the border of Canada to Long Island Sound. Inside the Connecticut River Museum, visitors can span that space through exhibits that tell the stories of the river and the people who have lived along it. Aerial photographs and a large mural depict the evolution of the river communities through time, and the On the Great River exhibit showcases the early history of the river through artifacts and works of art. A reproduction of David Bushnell’s Turtle allows visitors to get up close to the submarine, turn the propeller, and pump the ballast intake. A huge mural, cannonballs, and ship fragments recall the night in April 1814 when British forces traveled upriver and burned the privateer fleet in Essex. The river played a key role in the development of towns and cities in New England, providing everything as transportation routes to waterpower.

Along with long term and special exhibits, the museum offers educational programs for adults and children as well as seasonal boat cruises up the River. Cruises travel along the lower river valley, labeled one of America’s last great places by the Nature Conservancy.

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